Saturday, September 29, 2018

We Tested Our Dogs IQ, and Here is How We Did It

We found this Dog IQ Test shared by renowned pet behavioralist, Warren Eckstein, and it really opened our eyes. We normally associate a dog’s intelligence with their abilities to perform tricks or exhibiting very human like behavior, however, studies show that your dog’s problem solving skills are perhaps the best way to determine how mentally adept they are. 

Kinds of Dog Intelligence

According to pet behavioralist, Warren Eckstein, Dogs has two basic kinds of intelligence. First is INSTINCTIVE,  this type of intelligence comes with the breed and type of dog, so certain dog breeds have inherent abilities that differ from others, i.e. some dog breeds are sight oriented, and some are smell oriented. 

The second one is ADOPTIVE, which is the ability of a dog to learn, comprehend, and remember certain things. Eckstein further provides that the two are not better than the other, they are simply different kinds of intelligene

The IQ Test

This test can give you a general idea about your dog's intelligence, but wise pet owners maintain their own criteria. Eckstein, provided these set of tests and some scoring system that aims can help you keep track of your dog’s intelligence. It examines their…. Here are some of his notes when deciding to try out.
  1. Don’t necessarily try to do these tests in one day, because your dog might get overwhelmed.
  2. DONT BE NEGATIVE, provide possitive re-enforcement and refrain from scolding or getting mad at your dog if he/she doesn’t get it.
  3. Give them lots of love and encouragement after even if the results are in the negative

Here’s how the Kardogsians’ IQ Test went, we’ll also provide the instructions so you may try it yourselves. 

Following the said rules provided, we did this in two days, with 3 tests per day to each Kardogshian Member; Raven, Khaleesi, Harley Quinn, Bart, and the Twins; Kylie and Konnor. We will be keeping scores and on the last day, we will tally them up and award them in the Kardogshians’ Doggy Graduation Ceremony. 

Also we did this test TWICE, yup, the reason why is in the conclusion down bellow but as far as the results are concerned we focused on the second exam.

Task 1: Towel Test

What is tested: Problem Solving Skills


How: Take a large towel or blanket and gently place it over your dog’s head. You have to keep track of the time on how long will it take for your doggo to free himself


Scoring: Less than 15 seconds - 3pts | 15-30 seconds - 2pts | Longer than 30 seconds - 1pt.

Our results:

Task 2: Bucket Test

What is tested: Memory and ability to learn and retain information


How: Place a dog treat or a favorite toy under one of three buckets (we used cups instead) placed next to each other. Show your dog which bucket/cup you placed it under. Then turn your dog away for 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, let them try to find the treat

Scoring:  If they guessed it after one try - 3pts | if it took them two attemps - 2pts | If your dog looked through all of the cups - 1pt

Our results:

Task 3: Favorite Spot

What is tested: Reasoning and Cognition
How: IDEALLY with your dog out of the room, rearrange the furniture. When he re-enters the room, observe if he finds his favorite spot immediately. HOWEVER since the kardogshians don’t necessarily have a favorite spot what they have is a favorite person, thus we cannot do this exactly how it is, and made our alternative that test reasoning and cognition, we did Hide and Seek and timed how long it’ll take them to find us.

Scoring:  Less than 30 seconds  - 3pts | More than 30 - 2pts | If your dog gave up - 1pt

Our results:

Task 4: Chair Puzzle

What is tested: Reasoning and Problem Solving

How: Place a treat under a table or chair low enough so your dog can only fit his/her paw and cannot fit her head. Observe how he/she did it.

ScoringWith only her paw  - 3pts | If she tries to use her head to retrieve it - 2pts | If your dog gave up - 1pt

Our results:

Task 5: Walk Test

What is tested: Reasoning and Problem Solving

How: On a day or time you normally don't walk your dog, quietly pick up your keys, and his leash while he's watching you. 

Scoringif he gets excited immediately  - 3pts | If you have to walk to the door before he gets it - 2pts | If gets confused - 1pt

Our results: 

Task 6: Barrier test

What is tested: Reasoning and Problem Solving

How: Construct a barrier from cardboard that is 5 feet wide and taller than your dog when she's on two legs, so she can't see over it.  Attach two boxes to either side as support structures.  In the center of the cardboard, cut a 3 inch-wide rectangular hole,  it should run from about 4 inches from the top to about 4 inches from the bottom.  (This way, the dog can see through the barrier but cannot physically get through.)  Toss a toy or treat to the other side of the barrier, or have someone stand on the other side. Time how long it’ll take them to walk around the barrier.


Scoring: within 30 seconds - 3pts | more than 30 seconds - 2pts | if your dog walks away or worst gets his head stuck in the hole - 1pt

Our results: 

Scoring and Results

Add all the accumulated score, you can categorize your pet's intelligence through the following;

Kardogshian University Graduation

Of course we have to be extra, we're the Kardogshians, we have a license to be extra! Hahaha Kidding aside, we really did, we tallied the results and here are the reciepients of the first Kardogshian University, the medal of honors.

Our cum laude is.... Raven!!!

Our Magna Cum Laude is... Bart!!!

Our Suma Cum Laude is..... Khaleesi!!!

The results are particularly shocking to us, we always assumed Raven and Harley were the smartest because of how they act, their breed, and their ability to be independent. Khaleesi while knowing a bunch of tricks, surprised me as we didn’t peg her much as the smartest Kardogshian, we thought she was quite mediocre in the intelligence department. Bart on the other hand is the biggest surprise, he was the hardest to train amongst all them because he lacks focus and has ADHD.

Khaleesi and Bart tied for first place so we needed to have a tie breaker. We did the bucket test again since both of them aced that test, they still got it at first try, although Khaleesi got it quicker.


I’m a photographer thus I train my dogs to pose on camera. We did this test twice because apparently our dogs have a tendency to stay still when infront of the camera.  We wanted to document this experience so we can show our readers how it’s done, but each time we present them with a test they just stay still and look at the camera. So we did the first exam with camera and the second one without, and the results varied marginally.

Anyway our personal take on this is that; Doing this test was not only fun, hilarious, and exciting it’s also quite the bonding experience. Knowing who the smartest is or the contrary, does not change how we view, or love our dogs, HOWEVER it did occur to us that their previous training, and life experiences (environmental exposure, accidents, travel, socializing, human respect, and training) contributes a lot. Khaleesi and Bart got the highest scores probably because they were able to travel, had accidents, Khaleesi even had babies and miscarriage experience, and she was once a shelter dog. While the twins got the least result probably because of their lack of life experience, also taking note that Kylie, while at the same age and training as Konnor, got higher than Konnor probably because of her experience taking care of her babies and pregnancy. 

If your dog does not particularly perform well, don’t worry, it is not something to be taken in its finality. As we have concluded ourselves, maybe life experience contributes to this. Meaning there’s still a possibility of raising their Doggy IQ, with a little effort from the humans, they can be as smart as smart dogs can go. Also don’t get sad or defensive or even angry. Like humans, one’s low IQ doesn’t automatically mean they’re stupid per se, as they could excel in other stuff as well.


  1. W. Eckstein, How Smart Is Your Dog? Give Him an IQ Test, Today, 2016

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